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Tennis nets wins

Sailors kick off season with success

Senior Andrew Hoing returns the ball during a volley. Hoing won, 6-0, 6-0 against his opponent from Alexander Dawson on Saturday. Matches were held at the Ranch tennis courts for the Steamboat Sailors boys' tennis season opener.
Tyler Arroyo

— With a 7-0 win Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team kicked off its season in impressive fashion.

All three singles players and all four doubles teams dispatched of their Alexander Dawson counterparts in quick fashion.

“It’s great to see them get that first win,” coach John Aragon said. “It’s nice to get that first match out of the way.”

No. 1 singles player Andrew Hoing made a lasting first impression. Hoing, who recently moved from Houston, quickly dispatched of Luke Hay-Arthur, 6-0, 6-0. The match took a little more than 20 minutes.

“It felt good to get a win,” Hoing said. “I was hitting my serve really well. It’s definitely a positive to start my career at Steamboat like this.”

The only trouble the Sailors ran into was at No. 1 doubles. The team of Jessie Schaller and Brian Aragon struggled in the first set but still pulled out a 7-5 win. In the second set, they got back on track and easily dispatched of Taylor Freeman and Alex Tagawa, 6-0.

Considering the two seniors haven’t played together since they were freshmen, both said they were happy with their performance.

“Seeing how we played in the second set, I think we’ll be fine,” Schaller said. “If we play like that the rest of the year, we should do really well.”

Although Aragon was happy with his team’s performance, he said he expected the usually strong Alexander Dawson team to play better. He hoped this tournament would be a good warmup match for his players to prepare for their tough upcoming schedule.

On Friday, the Sailors play Kent Denver, last year’s state runner-up. On Saturday, they play perennial powerhouse Greeley West and Boulder, which boasts the best singles player in 5A.

“I was surprised (Alexan-der Dawson) wasn’t that deep,” Aragon said. “I was hoping it would be a stronger match. Next week we’re playing some tough teams. That should let us know where we stand.”

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